After deadly crashes, added scrutiny for Boeing 737 software

Mar 15, 2019
How a failure to train pilots on software led to deadly crashes.
A picture taken on December 9, 2011 in Paris shows the controls of a flight simulator in a reproduction of a Boeing 737 cockpit.
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After the grounding of its 737 planes, can Boeing's messaging convince flyers?

Boeing faces a tough public relations challenge in the coming months, following two crashes and the grounding of its 737 planes. The question is, how will the company control the messaging to the air-faring public? Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Felicia Miller, professor of marketing at Marquette University, about the company’s PR strategy. Click […]
A LEAP engine is pictured on the first Boeing 737 MAX airliner is pictured at the company's manufacturing plant, on Dec. 8, 2015, in Renton, Washington.
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Pressure mounts on FAA to ground Boeing 737 Max 8s

Mar 12, 2019
"It's the rest of the world against the FAA right now," said Jon Ostrower, editor-in-chief of The Air Current.
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As fuel prices go up, so do bottom line worries for smaller, regional airlines

Sep 4, 2018
Fuel prices are on the rise, and that’s a problem for budget airlines that need fuel  prices to stay low so they can keep ticket prices competitive. Fuel can account for up to 25 percent of airline operating costs, so it’s a big expense, but one that’s easier for the larger airlines to absorb. Smaller […]
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Boeing workers defeat union plans in South Carolina

Feb 16, 2017
The state has the lowest unionization rate in the U.S. Why?
A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner being built for Air India is seen on the production line at a Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
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States out of compliance with Homeland Security state ID standards have about a year to get in line

Dec 29, 2016
Nine states haven’t complied with the Real ID Act of 2005.
Residents of these states may have to show their passports to get on a flight.
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Profitable airlines face grumpy investors

Jun 12, 2015
Large U.S. air carriers' profits are up, but investors are dumping their stock.

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A 'knee defender' diverted a United Airlines flight

Aug 26, 2014
A battle in the war for legroom on a plane.

Why planes fly through dangerous airspace

Jul 18, 2014
We look at how airlines respond to volatile, violent situations on the ground.

'Supercommuters' board airplanes to get to work

May 18, 2012
Think your commute is long? Turns out a rapidly growing number of commuters are flying to get to work.